A dialogue with the Popular form- The vaults of Sangath


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Name: Nikhil Makhijani

Nationality: Indian

Institution / Company: CEPT

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Name:Kanxa Shah

Nationality: Indian

Institution / Company: CEPT

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-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Architecture


The project provides an opportunity to learn how to add to these old recognized structures to accommodate the growing needs of it with time. The site taken is the renowned building by BV Doshi- Sangath. The process involves creating an elaborate critique of the building and then adding an intervention to overcome the shortcomings of this iconic structure.

The image of Sangath is synonymous to its vaults and hence to maintain this image of the site and to have harmonious relationship between the new and the old, using these vaults is vital. 

The current logic of using vaults is formal as it attempts to create an organic structure merging with the ground. In all this, the inherent advantages of the vaults are lost and hence they do not work well for the building currently.

The proposal involves multiplying this very form of the vault but to completely modify the logic of organization of these vaults to make the building work better.

Previously the vault was seen as an object that merges with the topographic modulation of the site is now seen as a roof that provides enclosure to this broken mass forming these vaulted pavilions that lets the different scales of courts, open spaces and the garden to flow through them connecting the inside and the outside.







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